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Spicy Gingerbread Thins
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
3 tablespoons strong brewed coffee at room temperature
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon finely grated peeled fresh gingerroot
parchment paper for lining baking sheets
Into a bowl sift together flour, pepper, ground ginger, baking soda, salt,
cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. In a small bowl stir together molasses and
coffee. In a bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed beat together
butter and brown sugar until light and creamy. With mixer at low speed
beat in gingerroot. Beat in flour mixture alternately with molasses
mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Divide dough into
thirds. Form each third into a ball and flatten to form disks. Chill
disks, wrapped separately in plastic wrap, at least 4 hours and up to 3
days. Preheat oven to 350F and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment
paper. Break off egg-size pieces from 1 disk (keep remaining 2 disks
chilled) and with heel of hand smear each piece once in a forward motion.
Gather pieces together and give dough a few smears to bring together.
with remaining 2 disks.
On a lightly floured work surface roll out one third of dough into a 22 x
8-inch rectangle (about 1/8 inch thick), making sure dough is not
sticking to surface (use a pastry scraper to lift dough; sprinkle surface
with additional flour if sticking). With a 2-inch gingerbread man cutter
or 3 1/2-inch candy cane cutter cut out shapes, transferring with a
spatula to baking sheets and arranging about 1/2 inch apart. Bake
cookies in batches in lower third of oven 6 to 8 minutes, or until crisp
(do not let cookies get too dark). With spatula transfer cookies to
racks to cool. Make more cookies with scraps and remaining two thirds of
dough in same manner. Cookies keep, in airtight containers at room
week. Makes about 120 cookies.
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